A conundrum for your lazy Wednesday...
Conventional wisdom, in the world of writing, says that one should write "what you know". I suppose that is a good place to start. Use the familiar as a springboard, a catalyst, a way to get the journey started. I understand that approach, and I suppose it does work.
To put that into relief, I'll quote one of my favorite passages in any work I have read, fiction or non-fiction, by English author Michael Moorcock:
"Man would always rather invent the miraculous, than investigate the ordinary (and discover the miraculous within)".
I find myself nodding my head every time I read that sentence. It has a lot of evidence to back it up, and I know that in my own work, I am often seduced by the glittery Invention which distracts me from the Ordinary.
But what if all you know is the ordinary? Is it possible, really, to extract the miraculous from therein if you do not have a good grasp of what constitutes 'miraculous'? What if you cannot escape the strictures of the Ordinary? Worse yet, what if...you don't really know anything?
Could it be that, if you don't know anything, your only recourse is pure Invention? What then?
I can only hope that my Inventions are born of the Ordinary and informed by the Miraculous; that seems to me the core of good writing.
What's in your cranium?